Microsoft doesn't like ClassicCmp?
Jerome H. Fine
jhfinedp3k at compsys.to
Wed Jan 25 21:31:25 CST 2006
>John Foust wrote:
>Google isn't "hoarding" Usenet. They're just one of the
>very few companies who treat it as valuable. For that matter,
>given the effort it took for them to find the ancient archives
>that they did preserve, apparently many other people did not
>value those old postings (in toto) as a very few of us do today.
Jerome Fine replies:
I have attempted to save all posts to alt.sys.pdp11 and vmsnet.pdp-11
for at least the last 5 years. At one point, I considered comp.os.vms,
but there are just TOO many.
But the difference between a proper usenet access and google is so
incredible (easy for usenet and terrible with google) that I just don't
have the time to follow using google.
>Most other companies (such as ISPs) no longer value it.
>You might as well complain about why DEC and Sun and your
>local university aren't supporting a server and a feed.
>Gone are the days when you can expect your ISP to provide a
>news feed and server.
My local university (University of Toronto) does that
with a nunber of text-ONLY groups which don't have too
many posts. Included are alt.sys.pdp11 and vmsnet.pdp-11.
For that I am VERY pleased. However, since UofT is
READ ONLY, and I have not, as yet, subscribed to a paying
service after my local ISP dropped usenet, I am still
unable to post. Can anyone recommend a completely free
service that allows up to about 10 posts a month? I don't
need them for reading at the moment, just for posting!
If it matters, at the moment I use Netscape 7.2 as my
browser under Windows 98 SE.
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